Manta Ray

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Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Members:$11.00
Student w/ID (Box Office Only):$8.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Programs:Asian Frontiers
Spotlight: Disruption
Tags:Asian Interest
Crime
Culture & Society
Drama
Human Rights
Mystery
Release Year:2018
Runtime:105 min
Festivals & Awards:Venice Film Festival - Venice Horizons Award
Thessaloniki Film Festival - Best Director; Bronze Alexander Award; Human Values Award; Artistic Ach
Mumbai Film Festival - Golden Gateway Award
Cairo International Film Festival - Best Director; Silver Pyramid Award
Country/Region:Thailand
France
China
Language:Thai
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Jour2fete
Trailer:https://vimeo.com/285878765
Cast/Crew
Director:Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Producer:Mai Meksawan
Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Chatchai Chaiyon
Philippe Avril
Cinematographer:Nawarophaat Rungphiboonsophit
Screenwriter:Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Editor:Harin Paesongthai
Lee Chatametikool
Composer:Snowdrops
Principal Cast:Wanlop Rungkumjad
Aphisit Hama
Rasmee Wayrana

Description

A story of alienation and human connection told through the lens of the Rohingya refugee crisis, Phuttiphong Aroonpheng's feature debut follows a Thai fisherman who saves, and eventually befriends, a Rohingya man who has washed ashore near his village, with no name and seemingly no ability to speak. After naming the man Thongchai, the fisherman forms a connection with the stranger despite few words being shared between them, nursing his wounds and helping him form a new life within the community. But in a surprising turn, the fisherman disappears, and Thongchai begins to assert his own place in the story by replacing the fisherman himself, at work and at home. Aroonpheng artfully uses an intimate story to highlight a greater refugee crisis in Thailand and beyond.

Director Biography

Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff

Phuttiphong Aroonpheng is a writer, editor, actor and cinematographer. His work as a cinematographer includes The Island Funeral (15) and Vanishing Point (15); Manta Ray marks his feature-directorial debut.


Press

"[A] visual feast whose striking images are serene while in continuous motion—like water rippling in a canal" - Cinema Scope


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